Ecas befriending offers friendship and companionship for isolated, physically disabled adults living in Edinburgh.

If you are in contact with someone who is isolated due to a physical disability we would like to hear from you. By isolated we mean people who are not currently receiving support to attend classes, access their community or participate in leisure activities or whose social life is limited due to their impairment. They may have limited or no visits from their family or circle of friends. If a potential client is accessing community/leisure services more than 1 day per week, they may not be regarded as a priority.

Please review our FAQ before submitting a referral. More information can be found on our website

Information for volunteers

2 hours per week can make a big difference in helping change someone’s life who is isolated due to their disability.

Our befrienders and befriendees are very carefully linked through a matching process which involves Ecas getting to know both individuals well on a personal level and finding out exactly what they would like to achieve from being involved. Similar interests, hobbies and character are always taking into account in the matching process.

Befriending is a great way to: Meet others, learn new skills, gain confidence and bring the outside world in to someone who is lonely. We train and support all volunteers. We also pay for travel and other costs so that you are not out of pocket. We are happy to provide accessible transport for people with a physical disability who are looking to volunteer themselves.

Please see our website for more information


Sam Collins
Norton Park
57 Albion Road

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